NFL Draft Prospect Profile: QB Austin Davis, Southern Mississippi
Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: QB Austin Davis
Austin Davis, QB Southern Mississippi
6’2”, 221 lbs
Hometown: Meridian, MS
Vertical Jump: 31
Broad Jump: 9’1”
20-yard shuttle: 4.11
3-cone drill: 6.73
News and Notes:
Owns school record for most career touchdown passes, surpassing Brett Favre. Broke Favre’s single season touchdown pass record for a freshman with 23 in 2008. Named All Conference USA freshman. Led Southern Miss to a 12-2 record and a win over the Nevada Wolfpack in the 2011 Hawaii Bowl.
What they’re saying about him:
Dane Brugler (CBSSports.com): “A dual threat quarterback with athletic footwork and mobility. An instinctive runner with very good toughness uses stiff arms and runs with good body strength. Has quick, smooth delivery with very good touch and anticipation as a passer. Has natural leadership traits and plays with his heart, willing his team to victory. A smart and confident individual on and off the field. Plays like a veteran and executes and sells fakes well, doesn’t force a lot and isn’t afraid to throw it away.
Shorter than ideal and isn’t physically imposing in any way. Limited arm strength with an unorthodox throwing motion; doesn’t effectively use his body or footwork (almost like he’s throwing darts). Inconsistent downfield passer and puts too much air under his throws too many underthrows and streaky ball placement”
ProFootballWeekly.com: “A savvy, poised, quick-triggered, short-to-intermediate rhythm passer who maximized his talent in four years as a starter.”
National Football Post: “Exhibits some savvy to his game; he sells the play fake hard and can create with his legs when plays breakdown. He displays nice touch between the numbers, exhibits good timing in the pass game and will throw receivers open allowing them to run after the catch. Between the numbers he’s very effective and has “plus” accuracy and ball placement.
However, his arm is limited, he gets lost once the pocket starts to close in on him and isn’t real impressive spinning the football down the field. He gets upright in the pocket in order to see over the line of scrimmage, doesn’t generate much torque from his lower half and has a tough time making throws outside the numbers on a line and/or down the field. He’s not real impressive generating torque on the move as well and balls too often tail on him when trying to create outside the pocket.”
- Seems to lock onto one target, needs to go through a progression
- Good running QB, evades pressure well and can make plays outside the pocket with his legs.
- Looks like he plays behind a horrible offensive line. Balls tipped, constantly under pressure
- Decent on intermediate throws, needs work on his deep ball.
- Accurate arm, doesn’t force passes.
- Could he suffer from Tebowitis? Used to playing in shotgun, but how good will be taking snaps under center?
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